“Pride is a personal commitment.
It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.”
Over the next 7 weeks we are going to reimagine the Seven Deadly Sins, we are going take a good look at each one of them and see if they are really so deadly or if maybe just maybe they are the key to your freedom!
SHOW ME YOUR PRIDE
Most of us have been taught from a very young age that we shouldn’t be too prideful. I agree if you are talking about pride when it is unhealthy. Even good things can go bad if you don’t do them with care. Take water for example, water is great for you, but get it from a contaminated source or drink too much and it can kill you. We aren’t talking here about unhealthy pride, we are talking real authentic pride. Authentic Pride is a whole different subject. It is a powerful tool, when used correctly. It can change your life and the lives around you when harnessed right.
If you were raised in a Christian home, I am sure you are well aware of the dangers of pride.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but the humble is wisdom.
If you weren’t raised in a Christian home, I am sure at some point you heard the phrase, “Pride comes before a fall”. So, you are more familiar with this concept than you might have thought.
Now let’s look at what the definition of the word is, Merriam-Webster describes it as:
- a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people
- a feeling that you are more important or better than other people
- a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc.
The first definition and the last definition are prime examples of Authentic Pride. The middle definition is not Authentic Pride, that is unhealthy pride, that is all kind of danger! When talking to people I often hear them say,” Oh I can’t embrace pride, I try so hard to be humble.” To which my instant thought is honey, you can call it humble but that is just a code word for pride. You are proud that you are humble. So, lets not lie to ourselves we all have a little pride in us and that my friends, is a very good thing.
What are we usually proud of? Our possessions, our achievements, our virtues, and/or our family. Please tell me how being proud of any of these things is wrong? All of these things took great work and lots of sacrifice. You have earned bragging rights.
I don’t know about you but whenever I use to think of pride I thought of it in really negative terms. But reread the definition. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Authentic Pride. You should respect yourself and others. You should embrace that you are important and have gifts and talents that are unique just to you.
This definition is my favorite:
a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc.
I am a mother, when my kids do something that they couldn’t do before or do something better than they did at first I am proud of them. I want them to be proud of themselves. Why? Because when we are proud of ourselves we want to do and be better.
I can’t tell you how many times I have done something so amazing and I am feeling proud of myself, only to have that little voice in my head remind me that pride goes before a fall. Why are we so afraid to be proud of our accomplishments? It is usually our fear of what others will think of us. What if they think what we did wasn’t a big deal? Or, (my favorite) what if they think, we think we are all that. To which I will use my all time favorite sayings. SO WHAT!!! Who cares what anyone thinks. I am sorry love, but I am going to get really honest with you. You are not powerful enough to control another person’s thoughts. That is all on them. The same holds true for you, you own every thought you think, good, bad, or indifferent. No one makes you think it.
So what am I proud of:
- I am a teen mom that married her baby daddy and is still married to him 24 years later.
- I have homeschooled my kids.
- I am brave, I show up, even when I am scared to death.
- I am an open book I will tell you anything about me you want to know.
- I am generous
The list for me goes on and on and I don’t feel bad about it. I own these things. Do they make me better than anyone else? For goodness sake NO, but there isn’t a deficiency of pride in the world, there is enough pride to go around.
Traditionally, pride was viewed as sinful, it is my belief that by encouraging people to fear pride, to view it as a lack of character, has kept the powerful in power. Meek people don’t typically change the world, they aren’t proud of their accomplishments and they don’t share all the ways they have failed and all the ways they have rocked it.
My challenge to you this week is to make a list of 25 things you are proud of. I want you to really embrace all the wonderful qualities you bring into the world. I want you to own them like a boss, to make a scene with them, and to share them with others.
SHOW YOUR PRIDE!!!
Coming from a place of Authentic Pride is empowering. Someone who is proud of who they are and what they have accomplished will be the first person in line to say good job. They know the hard work and dedication that is required to do something and do it well.
If you are having a hard time embracing the idea of being proud of your accomplishments, you need to schedule your FREE 30-minute session. I guarantee that by the end of our 30-minutes you will have a list of things you can be proud of!
Comment below tell me what are you proud of, I love seeing your comments and reading your emails.